Daniel Cane - Young Alumni Achievement Award

Dan CaneDan Cane launched his first business, Blackboard, with a team of roommates while still an undergrad. In the years since, he has become a visionary entrepreneur and steward of the startup community. Cane recently turned his keen eye for problems—and a strong impulse to solve them—to improving health care outcomes. As president, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, Cane is leading the development of technology to assist physicians in decision making, through a new electronic medical records system that taps the collective wisdom of the medical community’s real-life data.

Dan CaneCane is a member of the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory Council, serving as an ambassador for Cornell’s entrepreneurship activities on campus and alumni engagement in his home state of Florida. A sought-after guest lecturer in classes at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, he is lending a hand to the next generation of Cornell entrepreneurs with insights and straight-talk about the keys to success, including the importance of assembling and supporting your team, which should be, according to Cane, “smarter than you are.”

Cane’s leadership in the business community has been noted with numerous awards, including the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award–Florida Region, South Florida Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO, and the Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award–Palm Beach Small Business Leader of the Year.

The son of Edward ’70 and Marilyn Cane ’71, Cane and his wife, Debra, live in south Florida with their three children: Connor, 11; Elizabeth, 9; and Anya, 8.